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Fri. 10:34 a.m.: Biden signals support to replace war power authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden this morning signaled support to replace decades-old authorizations for the use of military force in the Middle East, a little more than a week after he relied on the authorizations to carry out a retaliatory airstrike against Iranian-backed militia in ...

Fri. 9:01 a.m.: US adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 379,000 jobs last month, the most since October and a sign that the economy is strengthening as confirmed viral cases drop, consumers spend more and states and cities ease business restrictions. The February gain marked a sharp pickup from the ...

Fri. 8:39 am.: Senate nears relief bill votes after half-day GOP delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate steered today toward a voting marathon on Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. The chamber planned to begin voting around ...

Fri. 8:33 a.m.: Pope arrives in Iraq to rally Christians despite pandemic

BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Iraq today to urge the country's dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make his first-ever papal visit. The pope, ...

Teenager on motorcycle dies after accident

WARREN TOWNSHIP -- A 16-year-old involved in a three-vehicle accident about 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, on Caleb Road at Burwell Road here, died on Wednesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Mark Craig, 16, was transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, following the accident. The ...

YSU plans ‘near normal’ operations this fall semester

YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown State University is planning in-person commencement ceremonies this Spring and a return to “near normal” operations in the fall, including more face-to-face classes, more students in residence halls and more activities and events on campus, the university announced ...

YSU extends contracts for Tressel, Smith

YOUNGSTOWN -- Contract extensions for Youngstown State University's top two executives ­ President Jim Tressel and Provost Brien Smith ­ were unanimously approved today by the YSU Board of Trustees. Tressel's salary is $375,000 while Smithás is $250,000, according to the university. "We ...

Thu. 11:12 a.m.: GM looking to build 2nd US battery factory, Tennessee likely

WARREN — General Motors is looking to build a second electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant in the U.S. with joint venture partner LG Chem of South Korea, and hopes to have a decision by the middle of the year. The plant would join one under construction in Lordstown, the $2.3 ...

Thu. 10:46 a.m.: Law enforcement on alert after plot warning at US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement was on high alert today around the U.S. Capitol after intelligence uncovered a "possible plot" by a militia group to storm the iconic building again, two months after a mob of Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress ...

Thu. 9:51 a.m.: 17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of finishing your leftovers, you let them go bad and buy takeout. It's a familiar routine for many — and indicative of habits that contribute to a global food waste problem that a new United Nations report released this morning says needs to be better measured so ...

Thu. 9:11 a.m: US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled

DETROIT (AP) — Pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders kept many drivers off U.S. roads and highways last year. But those who did venture out found open lanes that only invited reckless driving, leading to a sharp increase in traffic-crash deaths across the country. The nonprofit ...

Thu. 8:56 a.m.: US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving. This morning's report from the ...

Thu. 8:51 a.m.: Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure

Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital and is expected to remain for several days of "rest and recuperation," Buckingham Palace said ...

Driver now charged with vehicular homicide

YOUNGSTOWN -- A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday in Youngstown Municipal Court charging Adrienne E. Washington Jr., 19, with aggravated vehicular homicide and felony leaving the scene of an accident in the Feb. 6 crash that killed former Youngstown State University football player Darius ...

Wed. 9:19 a.m.: Trump’s cash plea could complicate GOP fundraising efforts

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — "Trump needs you," one fundraising email implored. "President Trump's Legacy is in your hands," another pleaded. Others advertised "Miss Me Yet?" T-shirts featuring Donald Trump's smiling face. While some Republicans grapple with how fiercely to embrace the former ...

Wed. 9:01 a.m: US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops today, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties. The rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province at 7:20 ...

Wed. 8:58 a.m.: Reports: Myanmar security forces shoot dead 8 protesters

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces shot and killed at least eight people today, according to accounts on social media and local news reports, as authorities extended their lethal crackdown on protests against last month's coup. Videos from various locations showed security ...

State changing its COVID-19 death reporting system

As a result of the Ohio Department of Health's failure to timely report about 4,275 COVID-19 fatalities, it is moving to a new reporting system that will take longer to provide death data, but be more accurate, department officials said today. That also means instead of COVID-19 death totals ...